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Ashobaa: Heavy rain, winds batter Oman; thunderstorms likely in UAE

Ashobaa: Heavy rain, winds batter Oman; thunderstorms likely in UAE

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue in Oman over the coming days.



By Kelly Clarke - Reporter

Published: Fri 12 Jun 2015, 12:57 AM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:18 PM

Dubai — Thunderstorms, strong winds and dust could be on its way in the UAE, as heavy rain accompanied by hail and strong winds battered Oman on Wednesday, due to the tropical storm Ashobaa.

On Wednesday afternoon, Ashobaa continued its course towards Sur in Oman — which lies southeast of the Arabian Peninsula — edging a further 300km closer to the city, compared to the same period a day ago.

“The tropical storm Ashobaa is currently centred at a distance of 270km from Sur (Sultanate of Oman), with a surface wind speed around the storm’s centre (reaching) between 80 – 90 km/hour,” a statement from the National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS) said on Wednesday.

As heavy clouds covered the skies over eastern parts of the UAE, rainfall managed to stay at bay, but the NCMS said “an increase in the amount of clouds” on the east coast is expected. As of Wednesday, the NCMS continued to describe the impact of the tropical storm on the UAE as “indirect”, but said sea levels over the east coast of the country will remain high.

The police have deputed rescue staff and asked them to be on guard in case Ashobaa strikes.

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to continue in Oman over the coming days.

 Meanwhile, in Fujairah, the Corniche road has been closed after rough sea waves crashed into the Kalba shore on Wednesday morning.

Ahmad Jumaa Al Hoora, Director of the Kalba Municipality, said technicians and workers of the municipality are on high alert to handle any emergency issues. He said the municipality’s workers shored up the Corniche road by placing  a temporary fence composed of sand and rocks along the road in order to prevent sea water from seeping onto the road.

(With inputs from Salah Al Deberky)

 kelly@khaleejtimes.com


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